For whom the bell tolls: 'I'm sorry, the landline you’ve reached is no longer a working number' [telecom]

By Dennis Wyatt

The 209 has gotten too big for just three numbers.

Sometime in the coming months, if it hasn’t happened already, an overlay area code — 350 — is being assigned to new lines issued by wireless carriers and landline phone companies.

The California Public Utilities Commission in September announced it was teeing up the overlay area code for the 209 given the demand has just about exhausted all possible number combinations.

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